November 06, 2011

A4: Memory and Confusion

Follow-up to A4: Memory and Sense from Midgley, Christopher - Pointless twaddle and meaningless diatribes

Tutor was Ceri Marriott.

Try to remember things based on what was said, as opposed to what was written
I can now listen to people talk (hooray!). I’m still not getting much out of it, and I still definitely prefer images and words, but I can now at least get something out of a speech. Still having difficulty holding things in active memory, but I now find I can remember some of the lecture from looking at my notes.

Take advantage of synaesthesia of memory by associating words with colours/sounds/whatever – give yourself more mental hooks to connect ideas with
This one proceeds in a confusing manner – thinking back to the workshop, I can remember the colour I highlighted the words in, and the position of that on the page in addition to some of the words, but not the ones I highlighted. I’ve also managed to remember a proof fairly well, and also that I associated it with the colours blue and green, but not /why/ I did that or any other information I was trying to convey to myself. This and the above makes me think I should perhaps have focused on /position/ instead of anything else – I think that could be what I currently remember best according to? It’s rather difficult to tell.

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  1. Ceri Marriott

    As you are finding, Chris, much of developing effective learning strategies that really suit you as an individual involves some trial and error until you are able to pinpoint exactly what makes a difference for you. I’m pleased your listening is becoming more productive now. Maybe if position does play an important part in your memory, perhaps you could consider experimenting with how you organise your notes so that, for example, key words / phrases / formulae are always placed in one location on the page and supporting notes in another. Alternatively you could consider developing patterns which you find easy to remember.

    10 Nov 2011, 22:31

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